Could your child have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? The disorder can affect every aspect of your child's life and make it difficult to form friendships. Your Conroe, TX, pediatricians, Drs. Ayotunde Faweya and Michael Okogbo of Northside Pediatrics Associates offer strategies and treatments that can help kids with ADHD.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and usually begins before children are 7. Although hyperactivity is a common sign of the disorder, some children have a subtype of ADHD and don't experience hyperactivity.
What are the signs of ADHD?
Kids who have ADHD can't stop moving. They constantly squirm and fidget, which can cause problems at school, particularly if they leave their seats and wander around the classroom.
In fact, teachers are often the first ones to spot signs of ADHD. Children who have ADHD may daydream when a school subject bores them or forget to turn in completed homework. They may have difficulty following directions, can't resist talking in class or find it hard to concentrate for long periods of time.
ADHD also affects your child's social life and may make it difficult for your child to make or keep friends. Kids who blurt out inappropriate comments, refuse to share, or don't understand social cues often find the social aspects of school especially challenging.
At home, you may notice that your child needs frequent reminders to put away toys or start homework, misplaces belongings or can't sit quietly through a TV show.
How is ADHD treated?
Some parents are reluctant to seek treatment for their children because they assume that medication is the only solution for ADHD. Although some kids do find that life is easier if they take medication, many benefit from behavioral therapy and social skills groups that teach children how to control impulsive behaviors and strengthen relationships. Your Conroe, TX, pediatrician can discuss appropriate treatment options for your child during your next visit.
Does your child have several of these symptoms? Call your Conroe, TX, pediatricians, Drs. Ayotunde Faweya and Michael Okogbo of Northside Pediatrics Associates, at (936) 270-8655 to schedule an appointment for your child.